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are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel. richard, fill us in a little more this morning. >> reporter: good morning. a libyan source has told nbc news that the u.s. ambassador who was visiting the consulate was killed along with three others. not sure of the nationality of those three others. the u.s. state department has not confirmed this, but this has been told to us by a senior security source in libya. we've been also told that the libyan prime minister and the libyan president will both be speaking today about this subject, offering their condolences to the united states and to the family of the fallen ambassador. and this is according to the report. we were told that when gunmen and a mob stormed the consulate building, they first attacked it with rpgs, then the
are having to adjust and they believe the united states is weak and they are taking appropriate action. bill: also over the weekend congressman mike rogers, chairman of the house intelligence committee and former fbi agent echoed that sentiment. >> the countries of middle east believe there is a disengagement policy by the united states and that lack of leadership there or at least clarity on what our position is causing problems. i, if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem we're going to make a serious mistake and we're going to make i think diplomatic mistakes as we move forward if we think that is the only reason people are showing up at our embassy to conduct acts violence. bill: the romney campaign says the obama administration is failing to throughout that part of the world. heather: there is more trouble brewing between israel and iran as a nightmare scenario could be coming close to reality. prime minister benjamin netanyahu says the iran will be the on the brink of nuclear capabilities in just six months. he use ad metaphor to describe the new emergency and claims t
the united states. you must be tired. you sit, i'll talk. you listen. and so i did. then he said this. and he repeated it again and again. where is american leadership? we need american leadership. where is american leadership? then he'd talk about a region of the world and what was happening in that region. then he'd say where is american leadership? then he'd go to another region and talk about the challenges there. where is american leadership? the world has always looked to us as the shining city on the hill. that light looks dimmer. we keep kicking the challenges down the road and hope someone else will deal with it. that time is now ours. this is the greatest generation that left us this nation so prosperous and so free. now it's our turn. they've held the torch alost for the whole world to see. a torch of freedom, opportunity and hope. they're getting fewer and further between, the greatest generation. they can't hold it quite as high as they used to. it's our turn to grab the torch. when i became president -- [ cheers and applause ] -- we're going to do what we have to do, we're going
at the u.n. as he usually does. at a meeting monday, mahmoud ahmadinejad accused the united states of backing what he called a fake regime in israel. that led to a walkout by israel's u.n. ambassador. >> also monday, a wide ranging interview with us, we ask him about the threat of an attack on iran's nuclear facilities and how his country would respond. >> would you retaliate against the united states if there's an attack by israel on iran? >> translator: well, by the principle of it, i don't take the zionist threats serious. >> they're bluffing? >> translator: we don't even take them into account. i would like to ask you, who's subservient to whom? the united states government to the zionists? which one is which? >> for a country ru you saw you don't take into account, you spend a lot of time talking about them, including here today in new york. you said israel has no historical roots in the middle east and the white house has called that statement by you disgusting, offensive, and outrageous. would you like to apologize? >> translator: do they have roots? if they have roots, then
. the united states drew a clear, red line. iran backed off. different lines can be drawn in the i iranian nuclear program. but to be credible, a line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program -- on their efforts to enrich uranium. let me explain why. any bomb consists of an explosive material and a mechanism to ignite it. the simplest example is fuse.der in and a you light the fuse and set off the gunpowder. the gunpowder is enriched uranium in regards to iran's nuclear program. the fuse is a detonator. for iran, amassing enough uranium is far more difficult than producing a nuclear fuse. for a country like iran, it takes many, many years to enrich uranium for a bomb. that requires thousands of center fuses spinning in tandem in big industrial plants. those are green plants are visible. they are still vulnerable. in contrast, iran could produce a record detonator, the fuse, in a lot less time. maybe under a year. maybe only a few months. the detonator can be made in a small workshop the size of the classroom. it might be difficult to find and target that workshop
the united states, my new book that you mentioned, here come the black helicopters, u.n. global governance and the lack of freedom talks about treatise he's pushing which is taxing american oil wells offshore, billionaires throughout the world and using that money to go to the third world. going past foreign aid and actually taxing the united states internationally to give the money to the third world. that was at the core of the rio conference. and these schemes are floating around heavily and they lie at the core of obama's view. look, when two-thirds -- in 1980 one-third of our federal budget went to cash transfers to other people, money that we paid people. now it's two-thirds. two-thirds of it goes there. so when you have one percent of the population paying 42% of the tax and two-thirds of the tax going to other people, what do you call that but income redistribution? >> well, i hear you talk about it and others talk about it, you do did of it with a level of certainty and conviction, and i think is it resonating with the voters? there's a new nbc news wall street journal poll, in io
on american aircraft over the united states. i don't think that's going -- nothing's going to stop that happening. >> reporter: the u.s. government is not even considering allowing passengers to use cell phones on planes. but officials are looking into whether passengers can use devices like these to read or listen to music during takeoff and landing. american airlines pilots just started using ipads in the cockpit throughout the flight to access maps and other information. flight attendants will also get tablets to use inside the cabin. and consumer advocates say allowing passengers to do the same during takeoff and landing would only be fair. >> it kind of bothers consumers and passengers not so much the fact that they can't make cell phone calls, just the fact they can't use any electronic devices. >> reporter: and he worries one day on domestic u.s. flights dealing with a loud neighbor talking on a mobile phone may be the next in-flight inconvenience. sandra endo, cnn, washington. >> polls show mitt romney's support is lagging in key states. we'll talk with newt gingrich about
to the united nations. that is why the united states will do what we must to prevent a run from obtaining a nuclear weapon. lou: the president was careful in his language. radical islam not mentioned once in his speech even though there is convincing evidence and a consensus that it was not an attack carried out by terrorists with links by al qaeda if not led by al qaeda. president obama did defend israel in the context of the 2-dissolution the palestine. president obama did not use the word allied to it specifically describe our relationship with the jewish state. the president refused one-on-one meetings with any of the world leaders. this is the same man who, as a candidate, pledged to, more than four years ago, the with our enemies without preconditions. he criticized the bush administration's unilateralism. >> the notion that i am not talking to countries is punishment to them which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration is ridiculous. lou: we will be examining the guiding principles of president obama's foreign-policy tonight with armed services committee m
. there's no way you can shut down outrageous speech in the country of the united states, it's going to happen, but if the responsibility of responsible officials in egypt and other countries throughout the world to take actions to protect embassies and they are the ones who are responsible, and the extremists sure -- stirring up the crowds are responsible. talking about the video really is to distract from the real problem. gerri: you have a lot of experience in these proceedings as deputy secretary of defense under george w. bush. people staid it's bush's fault the arab world is in unrest today. do you agree? how do you respond? >> i don't at all. look, these extremists were breeding in the arab world for years under horrible dictators. 9/11 happened with basically before george w. bush even appeared, and i believe in fact that the dictatorships of the arab world gave credit the to the extremists who attacks the governments for denying freedom to their people. sooner or later, those governments collapse both because of age and also, frankly, because ashes want freedom as well, and
rab world. mo muhammad morsi made those comments ahead of his trips to the united states and says that the u.s. needs to show a greater respect to arab values and culture. reports say that he attempted to meet with president obama at the white house, but dropped that request later. >> absolutely no one intentionally or unintentionally misled anybody involved in this. >> the obama administration has taken a lot of heat on what is happening in libya. republicans are calling the way the attack was handled, quote, a debacle. thank you, very much, great to see you. i would like to start -- >> good to be here. >> with a quote from senator bob corker, briefed by secretary of state clinton and several intelligence leaders late last week about the attacks on benghazi and what was happening in egypt. he said, this is a direct quote -- that was the most useless, worthless briefing i have attended in a long time. this from a senator, not prone it overstatement. what's your take on that? >> i agree. we also in the house received the same briefing. i don't know if they said the same things, but
this is that the original stevensons--there were seven brothers, who came to the united states in the 18th century so when they multiply, then you have legions and legions of stevensons who live all across the country now. c-span: where did they come from? >> guest: well, they came originally from scotland, from the lowlands in scotland and life got pretty dour and tough over there so then they went to scotland--excuse me, to ireland, and they're part of this big migration that comes to the united states in the 18th century; comes into pennsylvania and then works its way by means of the great philadelphia road down into the south. and each generation moves on. i mean, this is a really american story, this scots-irish migration. and then these people in turn populate areas of the south. and in a critical decision for the stevensons when they were living in kentucky, they chose to move into the free state of illinois. and, of course, their family history would have been entirely different had they stayed in the south, or even gone farther west into slave-holding states. c-span: what are we seeing right here
and reminded voters their choice and how we do it. >>> the president of the united states of america barack obama >>> and affection and and powerful moment before the president thinks his wife. >>> two nights ago ever body reminded what a lucky man i am. >>> then down to business the president says he laid a foundation to a better future as the incumbent. >>> real plans that will lead to new jobs and opportunity and rebuild the economy that is what we can do and that is why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states >>> it reminds people the other guy has a steep learning curve. incumbents were to lose elections when there remind voters about that >>> would dominated the speech that we as americans have a choice >>> and a world of threats and challenges you can choose leadership that is tested and proven >>> the president use that choice between himself and mitt romney >>> now have a choice, my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. you might not be ready for diplomacy with beijing if you cannot visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. ha
these united states. >> barack obama accepting the nomination of the democratic party. and at the end of it threw down his mic and said, [ bleep ] all y'all. [ laughter ] >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." with so much focus on the economy and this election this morning's jobs report for august is certain to get a lot of attention. >> the report came out about 90 minutes ago. rebecca jarvis is here. what do the numbers tell us about how the i come is doing? >> the numbers tell us that the economy is creating fewer jobs than expected. in august, the economy added 96,000 new jobs. that was short of analyst forecasts, and the unemployment rate did drop from 8.3% from 8.1%, but it was not because of the new jobs. instead, unemployment fell because the labor force and participation in it shrank for the month. if you're not actively seeking work, you are not counted in the official jobless statistics. there are now 12.5 million unemployed americans. 5 million or 40% of them have been out of work for six months or more. so far this year the economy has created an averag
to improve schools in red states or blue states. s i am improving schools in the united states of america. i don't believe in just looking out for workers or businesses or rich or poor or 53% or 47%. i'm going to look out for everybody. >> and here's the cnn poll on wisconsin. the president has opened up a sizable lead now in the state and, remember, this is the home state of paul ryan, the republican vice presidential candidate. >> speaking of paul ryan, he is attacking the president over the white house's handling of the space program. he appeared along side former florida governor jeb bush at a campaign stop in miami yesterday. florida, of course, is another of those key swing states. >> we have preceded over a dismantling of the space program over the last four years. he has put the space program on a path where we are conceding our global position as the unequivocal leader in space. today if we want to send an astronaut to the space station we have to pay the russians to take them there. >> and mitt roey are getting some advice from someone who has been a through a campaign like this be
in the united states of america. i don't believe in just looking out for workers or businesses or rich or poor or 53% or 47%. i'm going to look out for everybody. >> and here's the cnn poll on wisconsin. the president has opened up a sizable lead now in the state and, remember, this is the home state of paul ryan, the republican vice presidential candidate. >> speaking of paul ryan, he is attacking the president over the white house's handling of the space program. he appeared along side former florida governor jeb bush at a campaign stop in miami yesterday. florida, of course, is another of those key swing states. >> we have preceded over a dismantling of the space program over the last four years. he has put the space program on a path where we are conceding our global position as the unequivocal leader in space. today if we want to send an astronaut to the space station we have to pay the russians to take them there. >> and mitt romney are getting some advice from someone who has been a through a campaign like this before. sarah palin, she says it's time for the country to have a come to je
a nuclear weapon. of course the united states and israel has gone back and forth when and if a strike is necessary. the united states secretary of state sat down with prime minister netanyahu yesterday for a meeting. that is not the meeting that the prime minister wanted. he did want to meet with president obama. requested a meeting. that was request was denied. the prime minister offered to fly to washington, d.c. today to meet with president obama. we learned he is spending much of the day at campaign events. back in israel, we look again at the newspaper. not all the reaction is positive. next to the prime minister drawing on the diagram of the bomb is a headline a little bit making fun of him saying bebe, the prime minister's nickname, boom. one headline down here. they have had a caricature of him as bugs bunny drawing on the same diagram, calling the diagram a cartoon. there is feeling among some, doing that at united nations holding up the diagram and drawing the red line was perhaps not fitting the prime minister of israel. gregg? gregg: leland vittert in jerusalem. thank you
and describe why i think i'm the person that will become the next president of the united states and how my policies will make life better for american families. >> reporter: romney has had trouble getting that message across. the obama campaign is far outspending him in advertising and swing states and the media conservatives say is bias against them and in our interview romney declined to take what would be an easy shot. >> do you think the mainstream media is in the tank for president obama? >> we have free press and they're able to provide their perspectives based on their beliefs. there are people more on my camp and a lot of people more on his camp and i don't worry about that. >> reporter: campaigning wednesday in ohio, president obama had no trouble being critical of his opponent and evening converting a verbal misstep to an attack on romney. >> i want to see us export more jobs -- export more products, excuse me. i was i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: now the president is out with another new ad today and it looks almost like he's trying to one-up romne
that the united states is engaged in a war with islam and that the west is against islam. it's something that western politicians don't like to talk about and don't like to address. but it's what fuels the anger and the rage. and they're able to exploit that very easily, as was evidenced in libya. and that ideology is what is dangerous. so although one particular group may have been involved in planning the attack, the ideology fueling that kind of attack has come from a different place. and it's all over the world. it's a global threat. and some intelligence officials say it's not being dealt with aadequately. >> lara, that's an interesting piece in "the wall street journal" this morning about the ultra conservative islamist group that is a target of u.s. and libyan inquiries, the worry about this threatening the arab spring. how does this change u.s. policy in the middle east, since we've got protests in libya, egypt and now yemen this morning? >> u.s. policy in the middle east has been something of a roll of the dice since the arab spring began. it's been very clear to u.s. officials
: some people think you are dividing the united states and underestimating 47% of the population. >> my campaign is about the 100% in america and i'm concerned about it. this is a campaign about helping people who need help and right now the people who are poor in this country need help getting out of poverty. >> reporter: romney's 47% comment could hurt him come election day. gallup has released a new poll that shows many americans are turned off by what he said. a third of voters surveyed said they are less likely to vote for romney because of what he said. 20% said his words make them more likely to vote for him. 43% said it won't make a difference. romney says he was talking about how the president's economic policies have led more americans to seek government help. >> the president cares about the people of america. i care about the people of america. he doesn't know what it takes to help the people of america but i do. i'll get them working again. >> reporter: president obama gets his turn today at the univision candidate forum. romney didn't give any details about his immigration
. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a punch line. >> my opponent is new to foreign policy. you may not be ready if you can't visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's ad
police reportedly fired on thousands of demonstrators outside the united states embassy. there were also protests outside the german and british embassies in that nation as well. >>> a virginia man convicted in a suicide plot to blow up the capitol learned his punishment today. amin al kalifi of alexandria was sentenced to 30 years in prison. the 29-year-old man was arrested last february with what he thought was an automatic weapon and an explosive laden suicide vest. they were fakes provided by fbi. >>> classes are back in session at two universities tonight after some eerily similar threats. the first came this morning at the university of texas at austin. a man called claiming to have planted bombs all over campus. there was also a bomb threat at north dakota state university. tonight the fbi is trying to figure out if they are related. >>> at valparaiso university in indiana is tightening security after threatening graffiti, but no word if that is related tonight. >>> new information about the former bus driver accused of ramming a school bus into an employee lounge in accokeek bac
by how scared the president of the united states looked, how disoriented he looked, how it seemed like they did not know where they were going. and i just want to do a hat tip right here, which, again, in this environment you probably aren't supposed to do. you know what? while george bush looked scared and disoriented that day, that day only, rudy giuliani stepped up. and he became america's mayor on that day. and he kept people advised of what was going on and was a great leader for that time. >> it was one of the great acts of spiritual and popular leadership that we'll ever see. and, you know, mayor giuliani is a big churchillian. but he was reading and looking at in those days and weeks a book by john lucash called "five days of may" in may of 1940 between churchill and chamberlain and halifax. and it was a marvelous case of leadership of being there. >> well, and like churchill and we're not comparing him to churchill, but for that time, though, like churchill, part of it was leadership, part of it was a great act. telling people, and by the way, that's what kept the british peop
're quite anxious to find a partner in the united states to roll it through america. talk me through that, if you would. >> this is a start in one of our hotels as a food and beverage outlet in t2000. people kept asking me who owns the franchise nor the noodle house, we want one in our place. i said, we own the franchise. so we started to put a whole franchise and team together on what i hope will be, and i think we have achieved it on a very professional basis. and when then we started to franchise in other units. we started with six units we own and operate in dubai. now we are operating 20 across the world. we actually have 123 signed up in our pipeline. and we would very much like to be in the united states. we have had discussions, serious discussions about taking the name out there on a franchise basis. so it just really grew out of one of the -- as a restaurant outfit in one of the hotels. >> let me ask you finally, you're a member of the hotel industry and you sit on one of the boards, and it is an industry finding its voice saying, we are and saying, look, we are jobs, we are gro
make him shudder. >> i shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was in the united states senate, what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again? the next president will appoint a lot of different judges and these are lifetime appointments. if you want to make sure that judges respect our 2nd amendment rights you need a president who respects those rights as well. >> dave: in the president's defense he has not touched gun legislation in any way, shape or form, but of course the fear is, from paul ryan and folks, if you give him four terms-- another term, four years, unchecked without having to face this, maybe he'll touch gun legislation. there's been no indication of that in the last three years of yet. >> alisyn: and he's saying what candidate obama said in 2008 reveals his true thinking about it. >> dave: and that was of course at a private fundraiser with a camera he didn't realize was there. >> alisyn: when will we learn. >> clayton: the 47% comment. that's where that came from. >> alisyn: in other words, phones now have cameras on them? >> shocking, i
, to be honest with you. we're going to get after this. it reverberates everywhere, across the united states. you know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> at a certain point as these attacks continue, the american people are going to say, we've had enough. why are we training these people if they're murdering us. >> well, that may be in fact. it may be the voice right now that we're hearing. the key point is for us to understand that the vast majority, the vast majority of the afghans, you've lived with them, you understand these people, they're with us in this. they understand right now the severity of this problem and the urgency of what's happening and there have been afghans who have been killed trying to save our forces when these attacks have been underway because that was the only reaction that they could have taken was to try to save us at the moment of that attack. >> reporter: training afghan troops like these afghan special forces soldiers is the center piece of general allen's mission. >> once they're there -- >> reporte
outreach to the united states. >> definitely, i think in one sense there's been a lot between the two on this so-called red line and i think netanyahu was shocked he didn't meet him. he sees a real possibility that president obama can be off -- in office and knows he needs to work with president obama on a nuclear iran but at the same time, their presentation yesterday was very effective because he really sent out an urgency saying iran could have a bomb by next summer or spring. >> you know, i look at that red line. we were just talking about this, the camera caught us. what does that exactly mean when you cross that? >> it's a threshold over which if iran passes it then military action would be necessary and then there would be an agreement. he wants president obama to lay out if iran goes over this line, i'm in for military action. >> with some very specific details that are -- >> basically what the prime minister said was if iran reaches its final stage of enrichment needed for a nuclear bomb then, you know, he would want the united states to get involved. >> okay, so the presiden
in the united states early next year to sell out concerts in washington's kennedy center and new york's carnigy hall. >> we want the people of the world to see there are afghan girls and boys performing side-by-side. that means to a certain extent that we've won and that really afghanistan has won. ♪ >> reporter: as this country
everywhere, across the united states. we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> reporter: certain points, if these attacks continue, the american people will say we've had enough. why are we training these people if they are murdering us? >> that may be, in fact. it may be the voice right now that we're hearing. the key point is for us to understand that the vast majority, vast majority of afghans, you have lived with them, you understand these people. they are with us in this. they understand right now the severity of this problem and the urgency of what's happening, and there have been afghan who's have been killed trying to save our forces when these attacks have been under way. because that was the only reaction that they could have taken, was to try to save us at the moment of that attack. >> training afghan troops like these afghan special forces soldiers is the centerpiece of general allen's mission. >> once they are there, we're going to move -- >> reporter: he has already had to success spespend training tw. shoul
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these united states of america. >>> and so, now the big question is what is the administration plan for putting out this spreading fire? abc's david kerley is at the white house this morning. david, what do we know about what the administration is actually doing to stop this? >> reporter: well, lama mentioned already, that reinforcements, more marines are going to the embassies where there's been the biggest trouble. the president has been on the phone and will continue to work the phones, i'm told, talking to some of the leaders there. telling them, it's their responsibility to protect our embassies in these countries. those are the two big things you'll see. the president is here at the white house throughout the weekend and will continue to monitor the situation, dan. >> since this jump, the crisis has a real political overtone. how is it playing, as of this morning in the presidential race? >> reporter: you know, this is something that could be a problem for the president politically. he's tried to create new relationships in the middle east. some of his national security credibility is on
by examining 113 indicators from official data sources and polling 15,000 executives. united states continued a four-year slide to the seventh spot. separately, a judge ruling amr can abandon its pilot's union contract. saying the bankrupt parent of american airlines corrected certain issues that caused him to reject the same request in the past. amr is trying to save more than $1 billion a year in labor costs. it can unilaterally impose work terms on its pilot, all is happening as talks between amr and u.s. air continue. >>> in the meantime, a very complicated story. we've been trying to follow the twists and turns. the fbi now says there is no evidence to support claims that hacking group anonymous infiltrated an fbi agent's laptop and lifted data for more than 12 million apple products. however the front page of "the financial times" lays it out and says hackers embarrass apple with this data release. there were over a million different devices, numbers were published online. this is a story that has many odd twists. the hackers said they would not give any interviews about this breach unt
if you got the chance to meet the president of the united states in person? well, one pizza shop owner in florida got a little excited when he met president obama, gave him a bear hug and then lifted him up. doesn't the secret service frown on things like that? by the way, he's a republican. we'll talk to him this morning about what he was thinking. >> i think he did clear it with secret service, which is probably a good thing. all this week, matt, natalie and al and i will take a turn choosing the music for this show, call it the soundtrack of our lives. >> right. >> put a lot of thoug into this. a lot of anxiety. >> today is yours. >> today it my day. >> good news for carpenters fans. >> but let's begin with that breaking news. public school teachers going out in strike or on strike in chicago. nbc's kevin tibbles is there. kevin, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. i'm outside the ray elementary school here in chicago where for the first time in 25 years chicago's teachers have gone on strike. this, after a frantic weekend of negotiations that went right down to th
to mitt romney recently on the campaign trail. >> he's president of the united states, he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker, and so i'm sure in the debates, as last time in his debates with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> it's not only mitt romney and his campaign playing the game. so is the obama campaign. >> what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate. just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with the president. that elevates them, and they normally come into these things as underdogs. we're coming into this debate very realistic. mitt romney is likely to win if he plays his cards right. >> making those comments on piers morgan. what's the idea, try to bring down your candidate, lower the bar, so if your candidate does better, it's considered a big victory. how much are americans paying attention to that? what they want to hear is what they'll do to make the country better. >> thanks so much, paul. the first presidential debate starting wednesday night, october 3rd. watch it live at 7:00 eastern time right
out and something important left out. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states! >> reporter: overnight, abc news confirming reports by politico that there were several versions of romney's primetime speech. several writers asked to help craft it, but that their work was largely unused. and in the end, it was governor romney and one of his closest advisers, stu stevens, who wrote the version romney delivered. afghanistan reportedly in one of the earlier drafts left out. overnight, that adviser stu stevens telling me speeches go through a lot of editing. and asked if he would put afghanistan back in the speech if he had a do-over, i don't think that way. i just don't think it would matter one vote. he also spoke of clint eastwood's moment. and with this defining moment in the convention, stevens said it was powerful to have eastwood. perhaps, one of the biggest hurdles still facing romney is the likability. "saturday night live" opening sketch. >> our campaign has a secret weapon. and that secret weapon is speaking right now in tulsa, oklahoma. >> hello, i'm mitt
in schools in the united states and a number, everybody in this entire graduation class is in college. so, that's all exciting. to be able to do that with your ranking, wherever you're ranked on anybody's list to me is a very good thing. >> but oprah, i have to say, when i got the list and i saw you were 50 out of 50, i found myself just a little irritated. you didn't have a moment where you go, okay, okay, "fortune," i can go from this to this? that didn't phase you at all? >> well, first of all, gayle, i wouldn't have known that the magazine was out or that i was on the list if you hadn't have called me. >> yeah, that's true. >> no, it didn't phase me at all. >> that is true. that is true. op op >> oprah, you have been on the list for 15 years and no one has been on it all those years, but it is great to see all the women out there, leading businesses and also what they're doing, not just at work, but also the philanthropy that they're doing on the side. talk about that in terms of giving back, the importance of giving back. >> well, you know, i believe that everybody's life -- you know
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